Beer Flavored Soft Pretzel Recipe: The Perfect Football Snack
It’s football season once again (I think my husband has been counting down since last February), and you know what that means: it’s time to root on your alma mater with food, friends, and of course a few beers.
My husband and I, as is an increasing trend, brew our own beer. While we generally have no trouble “ridding” ourselves of each batch we produce, I have fun experimenting with food recipes that call for beer as an ingredient. One of our favorites, beer flavored soft pretzels, is delicious dipped in spicy mustard, pairs perfectly with just about any beer you happen to have on hand, and makes an ideal football snack.
- 1/4 cup water, 80 degrees
- 1 package dry yeast
- 1 TBS sugar
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 1 TBS kosher salt, divided
- 1 cup beer, dark
- 3-4 cups flour, white or whole wheat
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup Parmesean cheese, grated
- 2 TBS butter, melted
- hot water
- Add warm water and yeast to a large mixing bowl.
- Add sugar, oil, ¾ tsp salt, and beer. Continue to add flour a little at a time until a soft dough forms and pulls off the side of the bowl.
- Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 6-7 minutes or until its smooth and elastic.
- Put dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about an hour.
- Punch down dough and divide into 10-14 pieces (depending on the size you’d like your pretzel).
- On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a rope and form into pretzel shape. If you prefer softer pretzels, make your rope thicker; thinner ropes will yield a crunchier pretzel.
- Add water and baking soda to a pot or pan. For extra beer flavor, add beer to this mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
- Drop pretzels, one at a time, into the simmering water. Allow to soak for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then remove and place on a lightly greased baking pan.
- Cover pretzels and let them rise again for about 15 minutes.
- Brush pretzels with beaten egg, sprinkle with salt and parmesan cheese.
- Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven until lightly golden (about 10 minutes).
- Brush with melted butter and serve with mustard, cheese sauce, or honey mustard dip, and of course, a cold beer.